We should be equal partners in this relationship, President Museveni to Europeans

Uganda accused the European Union for meddling after the block’s parliament recommended sanctions over a crackdown and arrests of opponents around president Museveni’s disputed re-election in last month’s polls.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

“The deficit I see with Europeans I see with Europeans is in philosophy. I don’t see the west at enemies but rather what happens is that they involve themselves in matters that they don’t have a good understanding in especially the internal affairs of our country,” President Museveni said.

The United States is considering actions against the government of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,a longtime ally who has crashed dissent at home. The European Union had also expressed concerns.

The development is the latest in the fallout between the west and Ugandan government that has seen president Museveni and a number of his senior officials castigating unnamed western powers over what they call interference in the affairs of Uganda.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

“when we agree to have a cooperation,we don’t agree to transfer sovereignty and so it is not in order to interpret and condemn without consultations of your partner. We should be equal partners in this relationship. These veiled political threats should stop in exchange for dialogue and engagement”. Museveni added.

Mr Museveni has reportedly been meeting with foreign diplomats in recent days, as concerns mounted about the conduct of the vote,and many western an African partners have yet to formally congratulate.

However,during a meeting that focused on relations between Uganda and the European Union,the president asked the envoys that both parties should always work for shared goals and people’s good but also urged them to always consult government and cautioned them against involvement in matters they are not conversant with.

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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